Know the Warning Signs and Risk Factors of Suicide

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Warning Signs

If a loved one displays any of these warning signs, especially if there is a change in behavior or a new behavior, get help immediately.

  • Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Giving away important possessions
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking about feeling hopeless, having no purpose or being a burden to others
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself, or looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated

Risk Factors

Certain conditions or situations can place people at greater risk of suicide, including:

  • Adverse childhood experiences, like abuse and neglect
  • Bullying
  • Criminal, legal or financial problems
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job problems or loss
  • Mental disorders, like depression
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Relationship problems, like a break-up, violence or loss
  • Serious illness
  • Sexual violence
  • Social isolation
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Traumatic event

Get Help, 24/7

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential support with a skilled, trained counselor, 24/7. Chat online with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.


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